“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” – Matthew 6:33 Ted Cooper was a self-described agnostic. He did not profess a faith in God nor did he believe that a person could come to know God. Ted was also an avid reader. During lunch breaks at […]
Have you spent time on your “roots” today? Have you spent time reading God’s written word to you? When we spend time studying God’s written word and allowing His Holy Spirit to guide us, we are strengthening the roots of our lives.
One of my favorite hymns is, “I Love to Tell the Story.” This beautiful song is filled with language that makes our connection with Jesus seem so intimate. As you sing through the lyrics you hear the joy and passion that Jesus invokes in the person who has heard the great story of his love and wonderful works done while on earth. This hymn lifts my spirits every time I sing it.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust] consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
“How lovely is thy dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yea, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at thy altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in thy house,
ever singing thy praise!”
A popular saying is, “God works in mysterious ways.” This phrase is shared in many circumstances, most often when there is no answer to the question, “Why?” This popular phrase is not found in the Bible. It is most likely a misquote from the hymn, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” by William Cowper, 1774.
I grew up in a church that taught us that only the Priests were to read the Bible to us, because they could understand it and explain it to us. I remember my family had a Bible in our home, but no one ever opened it. It sat on a shelf and collected dust. I never thought that I could read and understand the Bible. Thankfully, I learned that was not true.
If the saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is true– my mother would easily rank as one of the godliest people I have ever known. My mother cleaned our home with the greatest of care. There was never a dirty dish in the sink or a speck dust on shelf. She would vacuum the carpet every day before she left the house. Every night, after dinner, my mother could sweep and mop the kitchen and dining room floors. We once had to replace the flooring in the kitchen and dining room because my mom had mopped the finish off the tile (yes, really). If there is a connection between cleanliness and godliness, well then, my mother was well connected to God!
Several years ago, my Dad encouraged me to begin a habit that has stuck with me. He pointed out that there are 150 Psalms and 31 Proverbs in the Bible. He encouraged me to read 5 Psalms and 1 Proverb each day, and in one month’s time, I’d read completely through both books.
Paul and Timothy were two leaders in the early church. Paul is well known because of his exciting conversion on the road to Damascus, his missionary work starting churches all around the Mediterranean world, and his writings that make up a significant portion of the New Testament.